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Global Societies


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor and tutor: Dr Ian Sanjay Patel
  • Assessment: a 1500-word critical writing exercise (20%) and 2000-word essay (80%)

Module description

In this module you will be introduced to global sociology and learn how to think internationally and transnationally, as well as comparing social questions in societies across different regions.

Indicative syllabus

  • Major themes in global sociology
  • Southern social thought (sociology flowing from the Global South)
  • Regional case studies
  • Social and political questions at the level of the transnational, international and global
  • Solidarity and social movements across borders
  • Globalisation and global versus local debates and tensions
  • International inequalities and the global colour line
  • Cosmopolitanism, migration and borders
  • The concept and critiques of international society, the international community, etc

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • understand the key concepts of global sociology
  • understand the theoretical claims of ‘the universal’ in sociology as well as the particularity of such universal claims
  • approach social relations and the social world from international, transnational and global perspectives
  • understand key debates about global/local and national/international relationships
  • understand sociological thinking flowing from the Global South.